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Old 11-21-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Anyone know what happens when you hook water sfotener up backwards?
One of my apprentices did this and I'm wondering if resin would end up in the waterlines because of this..
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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Did he pipe the inlet to the out let and vise versa??? Heck I'd think you'd get hard water!!! As long as the drain is piped to the drain you should be fine!!!
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I saw one piped back wards and the resign destroyed all the faucet carts and the fill valves
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I saw one piped back wards and the resign destroyed all the faucet carts and the fill valves
O chit!!!! Why did you do that revenge?? Lol
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It was origanly a call, on low water pressure. After i pulled out a few aerotors i started getting pitchers full of sand. So i called my boss and he told me to ask about water softner. They had hired a local water treatment co. to install a few months back. So i checked and it was installed backwards. The carts on the shower delta had to replace all delta faucets in house needed new carts the filter on fridge and or had to replace. And all of the fill valves huge ass ticket
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Yes, a water softener piped backwards will blow resin throughout the house. The head is desigend as either an up-flow or down-flow so feeding it backwards is BAD. Get back over there and but the unit on bypass. If the water pressure isn't too high, you might be o.k. but you need to correct it asap.






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It can take alot of flushing to get the resin flushed out of the piping too. Sometimes the softener piping at the wall is plumbed backwards and this causes alot of wrong connections. Not unusual for me to find this even with a valve on it. Best to verify which is the supply.
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It can take alot of flushing to get the resin flushed out of the piping too. Sometimes the softener piping at the wall is plumbed backwards and this causes alot of wrong connections. Not unusual for me to find this even with a valve on it. Best to verify which is the supply.
That is the first thing I do when installing a softener, even if there's one already there. I'll cut the loop (or remove the old w/s) and then crack the service with a bucket under each pipe. After I see which one the water is coming out of, I solder on a ball valve. Then I turn the water on again to double check.

I once was installing a w/s and followed my normal routine. After I had the ball valve on I turned the water on and found water flowing out of the other line. So I soldered on a second valve and turned the water on again. Pressure at both valves! Somebody had plumbed the loop wrong; no 90's in the attic but rather tees. The house was fairly new so I left the h.o. to deal with the builder on that but I told them I couldn't install their w/s.






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Well you will have to repack the softener and. Plumbing a softener backwards forces resin beads out of the mineral tank and into the water supply. You might even have to clean resin beads from the head and fill/suction assem for the brine tank.
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Don't water softeners have an inlet and outlet labelled?
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